MMM905 - Philosophy of Research

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Andrew Noblet



Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

This research unit involves a minimum of 33 hours’ supervised contact per trimester.


This unit examines fundamental philosophical premises on which postgraduate research is based. Specifically, the material covered in this unit requires students to understand and apply the ontological, epistemological and methodological assumptions that shape the types of research-related issues examined by individuals and groups and impacts on their views of what constitutes ‘valid’ knowledge and what data collection/analysis methods are most appropriate. Students need to not only be aware of how these assumptions (and the underlying values) can impact on their own methodological preferences, but they also need to recognize how an understanding of the different philosophical approaches can broaden their ‘paradigmatic toolkit’ and enhance their ability to undertake high quality research that makes a significant contribution to the scholarly literature and the communities they serve. The unit activities and readings as well as the assessment tasks have been designed to help students achieve a number of important learning outcomes including being able to critically analyse the paradigmatic assumptions and values that underpin published research, to consider how this or other research could be strengthened by adopting different ontological/epistemological frameworks and to develop the paradigmatic section of a peer-reviewed research publication (e.g., journal article, PhD thesis).


Assessment 1 (Individual) Paradigm Essay (2500 words) 40%

Assessment 2 (Individual) Research Assignment (5000 words) 60%

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